Medical Abbreviations

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  1. A & O
    Alert and oriented
  2. AAROM
    Active assistive range of motion
  3. a.m., AM
    Morning
  4. Abd
    Abdomen
  5. ABD
    Abduction
  6. Ad lib, ad lib
    As desired, at liberty
  7. ADA
    Americans with Disabilities Act, American Diabetes Act
  8. ADD
    Adduction
  9. ADL
    Activities of daily living
  10. AFO
    Ankle foot orthosis
  11. AIIS
    Anterior inferior iliac spine
  12. AK
    Above knee
  13. AKA
    Above knee amputation
  14. AMA
    Against medical advice, American Medical Association
  15. Amb
    Ambulation
  16. Amp
    Amputation
  17. ant
    Anterior
  18. AROM
    Active range of motion
  19. As tol
    As tolerated
  20. ASA
    Aspirin
  21. ASHD
    Arteriosclerotic heart disease
  22. (A), Assist
    Assistance
  23. B & B
    Bowel & bladder
  24. B/S
    Bedside, bowel sound
  25. BID, b.i.d
    Twice a day
  26. BIW
    Twice a week
  27. BK
    Below knee
  28. BM
    Bowel movement
  29. BRP
    Bathroom privileges
  30. BS
    Blood sugar, breath sounds, bowel sounds
  31. BSC
    Bedside commode
  32. w/ c with a line over it
    With
  33. C
    Cervical
  34. c/o
    Complains of
  35. CA
    Carcinoma, cancer
  36. CABG
    Coronary artery bypass graft
  37. CAD
    Coronary artery disease
  38. CBC
    Complete blood count
  39. cc
    Cubic centimeter
  40. CCU
    Coronary care unit
  41. CGA
    Contact Guard Assistance
  42. CHF
    Congestive heart failure
  43. CNS
    Central nervous system
  44. COLD, cold
    Chronic obstructive lung disease
  45. cont
    Continue
  46. COPD
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  47. COTA
    Certified occupational therapist
  48. CP
    Cold pack
  49. CQI
    Continuous quality indicators, continuous quality improvement
  50. CV
    Cardiovascular
  51. CVA
    Cerebrovascular accident, stroke
  52. (D), dep,
    Dependent
  53. d/c
    Discharge, discontinue
  54. Dept, dpt
    Department
  55. DF
    Dorsiflexion
  56. DJD
    Degenerative joint disease
  57. DM
    Diabetes mellitus
  58. DOB
    Date of birth
  59. DOE
    Dyspnea of exertion
  60. DTR
    Deep tendon reflex
  61. DVT
    Deep vein thrombosis
  62. Dx
    Diagnosis
  63. ea
    Each
  64. ECF
    Extended care facility
  65. ECG, EKG
    Electrocardiogram
  66. EEG
    Electroencephalogram
  67. EMG
    Electromyogram
  68. End
    Endurance
  69. ER or ED
    Emergency Room or Department
  70. ES
    Electrical stimulation
  71. eval
    Evaluation
  72. ex
    Exercise
  73. ext
    Extension
  74. ext. rot., ER
    External rotation
  75. F
    Fair (refers to muscle grades)
  76. FB
    Full back
  77. f/b
    Followed by
  78. FIM
    Functional Independence Measure
  79. FES
    Functional electrical stimulation
  80. func
    Functional
  81. FWB
    Full weight bearing
  82. Fx, fx
    Fracture
  83. G
    Good (refers to muscle grades)
  84. GI
    Gastrointestinal
  85. GSW
    Gun shot wound
  86. Gt, gt
    Gait
  87. Gt.Dev., gt.dev.
    Gait deviation
  88. G-tube
    Gastronomy tube
  89. GU
    Genitourinary
  90. GYN
    Gynecology
  91. H&P
    History & physical
  92. H/A
    Headache
  93. h/o
    History of
  94. HEENT
    Head, ears, eyes, nose, throat
  95. Hemi
    Hemiplegia
  96. NG
    Nasogastric
  97. NG tube
    Nasogastric tube
  98. HMO
    Health maintenace organization
  99. HOB
    Head of bed
  100. Hosp
    Hospital
  101. HP
    Hot pack
  102. HR
    Heart rate
  103. hr.
    Hour
  104. HT, HBT
    Hubbard tank
  105. HTN
    Hypertension
  106. HVPC
    High volt pulsed current
  107. Hx
    History
  108. I & O
    Intake & output
  109. (I), Ind
    Independent
  110. ICP
    Intermittent compression pump, intracranial pressure
  111. IDDM
    Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  112. IM
    Ice massage, intramuscular, internal medicine
  113. IMC
    Intermittent catheterization
  114. IR
    Infrared
  115. IV
    Intravenously
  116. JCAHO
    Joint Commission on Accreditation of Heathcare Organizations
  117. KAFO
    Knee ankle foot orthosis, LLB
  118. lat
    Lateral
  119. L, l
    Lumbar
  120. LB
    Low back
  121. LBP
    Low back pain
  122. LLB
    Long leg brace
  123. LLC
    Long leg cast
  124. L LE, LLE
    Left lower extremity
  125. L UE, LUE
    Left upper extremity
  126. LOB
    Loss of balance
  127. Max
    Maximal
  128. med
    Medial
  129. MB, mb
    Mid back
  130. MD
    Muscular dystrophy, Medical doctor
  131. MI
    Myocardial infarction
  132. min
    Minimal, minute
  133. MM, mm, msl
    Muscle(s)
  134. MMT
    Manual muscle test
  135. mob
    Mobilization
  136. mod
    Moderate
  137. MS
    Multiple sclerosis
  138. MVA
    Motor vehicle accident
  139. N
    Normal (refers to muscle grades)
  140. N & V
    Nausea & vomiting
  141. N/A, n/a
    Not applicable
  142. n/c
    No complaints
  143. NAD
    No actue distress
  144. NIDDM
    Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  145. NKA
    No known allergies
  146. NMES
    Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  147. NPO
    Nothing by mouth
  148. NSAID
    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
  149. NWB
    Non weight bearing
  150. O2
    Oxygen
  151. OA
    Osteoarthritis
  152. od, qd
    Once daily
  153. OP
    Outpatient
  154. OR
    Operating room
  155. ORIF
    Open reduction internal fixation
  156. OT
    Occupational Therapy
  157. p with a line over it
    Post or after
  158. P
    Poor (refers to muscle grades)
  159. p.m., PM
    After noon, evening
  160. p.o.
    By mouth
  161. para
    Paraplegia
  162. per
    By
  163. pf
    Planterflex
  164. PLOF
    Prior level of function
  165. PIP
    Proximal interphalangeal
  166. PMH
    Post-medical history
  167. PNF
    Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
  168. PRE
    Progressive resistive exercise
  169. prn
    As needed
  170. PROM
    Passive range of motion
  171. post.
    Posterior
  172. PT
    Physical Therapy, physical therapist, prothrombin time
  173. pt.
    Patient
  174. PTA
    Physical Therapist Assistant
  175. PVD
    Peripheral vascular disease
  176. PWB
    Partial weight bearing
  177. q 2 h, etc.
    Every 2 hours, etc
  178. q. week, qiw
    Every week
  179. q.h.
    Every day
  180. q.o.d.
    Every other day
  181. QID
    Four times a day
  182. Quad
    Quadriplegia
  183. r/o
    Rule out
  184. RD
    Radial deviation
  185. reps
    Repetitions
  186. R LE, RLE
    Right lower extremity
  187. ROM
    Range of motion
  188. rot
    Rotation
  189. R UE, RUE
    Right upper extremity
  190. Rx
    Treatment, prescription
  191. s with a line over it
    Without
  192. SC
    Straight cane
  193. s/p
    Status post
  194. SLB
    Straight leg brace
  195. SLC
    Straight leg cast
  196. SLR
    Straight leg raise
  197. SNF
    Skilled nursing facility
  198. SOB
    Short of breath
  199. SSI
    Supplemental social security
  200. Stat
    At once, immediately
  201. STD
    Sexually transmitted disease
  202. sup
    Supervision, supination
  203. SWD
    Short wave diathermy
  204. Sx
    Symptom
  205. T
    Trace (refers to manual muscle test), Thoracic
  206. T.O.
    Telephone order
  207. TB
    Tuberculosis
  208. TDWB
    Touch down weight bearing
  209. temp
    Temperature
  210. TENS
    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator
  211. THR
    Total hip replacement
  212. TKR
    Total knee replacement
  213. TIA
    Transient ischemic attack
  214. TID
    Three times a day
  215. TIW
    Three times a week
  216. TT
    Tilt table
  217. TTWB
    Toe touch weight bearing
  218. Tx
    Traction, treatment
  219. UB
    Upper back
  220. UD
    Ulnar deviation
  221. UE
    Upper extremity
  222. US
    Ultrasound
  223. US/ES
    Ultrasound w/ electrical stimulation
  224. UTI
    Urinary tract infection
  225. V.O., v/o
    Verbal order
  226. VD
    Veneral disease
  227. VNA
    Visiting nurses association
  228. w/, c with a line over it
    With
  229. re:
    Regarding, concerning
  230. WBAT
    Weight bearing as tolerated
  231. WC, W/C
    Wheelchair
  232. WFL
    Within functional limitations
  233. WP, wpl
    Whirlpool
  234. x
    Times
  235. y/o
    Years old
  236. WB
    Weight bearing
  237. S
    O
    A
    P
    • S - subjective or Sacral
    • O - objective
    • A - assessment
    • P - plan
  238. PNA
    Pneumonia
  239. nl
    Normal
  240. (A) with a circle around it
    Assistance
  241. (D) with a circle around it
    Dependent
  242. (I) with a circle around it
    Independent
  243. MRSA
    • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
    • Transmitted by contact - protect self with gown and gloves, mask not necessary
  244. check mark, flex
    Flexion
  245. /, ext
    Extension, per

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